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The Ile de Ré: photo description (Ile de Re)

Previously, the island of Re in the vicinity of La Rochelle was the place where salt was mined and fished. And now a popular resort there are beaches, Wellness centers, created the infrastructure for outdoor activities - Cycling, golfing and horse riding.

The island is located a half hour drive from the city, during the trip will have to pass on the three-kilometer toll bridge that connects the island and the suburb of La Pallis. The bridge was built in the late 80-ies of the last century. La Pallis also known fact that here in the Second world war were built by the Nazis docks for submarines, which are now used to repair submarines, because their removal is considered very expensive.

Landscapes of the island of Re have a special flavor of southern France: vineyards and wheat fields alternate with sand beaches and oyster farms, one - and two-storey houses with white walls, red roofs and green shutters.

The main town of the island Saint Martin, the port, to which come many small fishing boats and pleasure yachts. Fortifications of Saint-Martin was built in the XVII century, and then were reinforced by the well-known fortifier Vauban. The city is a mighty fortress that served in the XIX-XX century prison.

The city of Saint-Martin and Ile de Ré are mentioned in one of the famous books the 60-ies of the last century memoir, "the Butterfly", written by Henri Sareeram who's been in prison for over thirty years, took about a dozen shoots, being convicted of a murder he didn't commit.

Among the attractions of the Ile de Ré is called Conches beach with sand dunes and military installations during the Second world war, the lighthouse, built in the mid-nineteenth century, to the upper platform of which is a staircase with more than 250 steps.

On the island the noise of the dense pine forests that make the climate favorable, protecting it from the sea winds. In the Northern part of the rocky island with no beaches, is an ornithological reserve and a farm on cultivation of oysters. The beaches are very crowded in high season, located on the southern coast of the island.